Caeli Smith is a violinist/violist with an eye towards the future. From an early age, she has sought to breach the frontiers of classical music by incorporating a variety of styles, including jazz and tango, into the traditional repertoire. She seeks unusual performance venues and is committed to bringing classical music to all audiences. A dedicated journalist, Caeli has written for radio, TV, and print, and her articles have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as Strings and Teen Strings, and Symphony magazines. Caeli was featured on From The Top, a national radio program dedicated to the discovery of young musicians. She served for three years as a traveling cast member in the role of “Roving Reporter.” Caeli is passionate about bringing music into the community, and performs outreach concerts regularly throughout the New York metropolitan area as part of her Gluck Community Service Fellowship at Juilliard. Caeli holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Catherine Cho and Ronald Copes. She is a graduate of the master’s program at Juilliard having studied with Misha Amory and Hsin-Yun Huang.
“Intense, precise, and full of personality, Smith dared perform a piece that demands a great deal by the performer, whose part is a nearly uninterrupted arc sound that is responsible for the architecture of the entire composition…”– Lorenzo De Vecchi, OperaClick, (Penderecki Viola Concerto, Juilliard Orchestra led by Case Scaglione) [Hear it on SoundCloud.]